UK envoy to Lebanon sees no fault with Hezbollah in Syria

July 22, 2016 1:00 pm

, ’s ambassador to Beirut

Britain’s ambassador to
says the Lebanese resistance movement of cannot be
blamed for fighting terrorists in neighboring .

“Given
the threat posed by Daesh against Lebanon, Hezbollah cannot be
reprimanded for being present in Syria,” Hugo Shorter said in remarks
translated from Arabic.
“It is natural for one to be concerned
about the threat,” he said, adding, “We, however, trust the Lebanese
security apparatuses and their performance,” according to Lebanon’s
al-Ahed website.
Lebanon has been sporadically affected by the foreign-backed militancy that has gripped Syria since 2011.
Daesh
and al-Nusra Front — which is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda — have been
active on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal, located on the
border with Syria.
The militants briefly overran Arsal in August
2014, taking several Lebanese army and police forces hostage, some of
whom were executed. In December last year, most of the captives were
released as part of a prisoner swap deal.
Hezbollah says its military role in Syria is aimed at preventing the spillover of the acts of terror in Syria into Lebanon.
On
Thursday, Hezbollah fighters targeted Daesh positions on the northern
outskirts of the village of al-Qaa on Lebanon’s northeastern border,
causing an unspecified number of casualties.
The village was
targeted last month by eight suspected Daesh bombers. Following the
attack, which killed five villagers, Hezbollah said it had killed the
local Daesh leader in charge of operations on al-Qaa’s outskirts.
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